Western Theological Seminary Graduates in their first 5 years
The first five years of transition into ministry are monumental in the journey of a ministry professional, so that is why the Reformed Church in America and Western Theological Seminary have invested and developed this learning opportunity. Because of generous donations, the cost of the TIM Summit is only $100 plus some applicable travel expenses.
What is the TIM Summit?
Recent graduates of Western Theological Seminary return to WTS for a three-day intensive to learn together with their peers, gain insight from seasoned mentors, and process what is happening in their first five years of ministry. The TIM Summit is the culmination of the new Learning to Follow...Learning to Lead Initiative (L2F...L2L) at Western Theological Seminary in partnership with the Reformed Church in America. The L2F...L2L Initiative is based on the belief that training people to serve Christ in mission begins with one's call to seminary, continues through one's course work and formation for ministry, and involves investment as graduates experience ministry life on a day to day basis.
The T.I.M. Summit allows time for recent graduates to reconnect, learn from each other, and develop ministry skills. There is also opportunity to learn from professors and other ministry professionals around the certain themes. These themes have included:
- Vocational calling, ministerial identity and mutual support
- Building our leadership capacity
- Changes and altering expectations in ministry
- Transitions: leadership style and ministry changes
Continual learning through reading and discussion is also a part of the Transition into Ministry Summit. Each class will have their own mentor team who will facilitate discussion around a particular article and the group’s life experiences.
The gathering is a great time for the alumni/ea to learn, but Western Theological Seminary and the Reformed Church in America also see this time as a valuable assessment process to improve the educational process of their institutions. Hearing from graduates about the learning curve in key areas of ministries helps to shape and mold the curriculum for future students at the seminary. Focus groups allow graduates to learn from others in their own ministry settings. Information gathered from the focus groups enhance the pastoral education received at Western Theological Seminary.
The next conference will be held April 29 - May 1, 2014 at Western Theological Seminary.
Read a recent article about the 2013 TIM Conference here.